Each year, about 610,000 people die from heart disease, equaling one in four deaths a year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. With heart disease the leading cause of death for both men and women, it's important to know the risk factors and ways to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle.
It's that time of year again. A sore throat starts, followed quickly by a fever and the question comes to your mind as you watch your child become ill, "Is it strep throat?" Below we have listed some common symptoms to review.
You've seen it on television or in the movies. A heart attack is written into the storyline and a favorite character grabs their chest or their left arm in agony and slumps into their seat in pain. This dramatization of a heart attack has become all too common as a way to convey immediately something is wrong. But in real life, a heart attack can often look (and especially feel) much different than what we see in dramas.
Cold temperatures have descended upon our corner of Wyoming, and while they haven't yet exceeded the records established in 1962 and 1963, it's pretty darn cold out there. Wyomingites are used to cold winters, but with the extreme cold comes health concerns we all must take into consideration, especially if we have to get out and about in it.
The New Year is a great time to consider your health and how you can improve it. Many times people create New Year’s resolutions around diet and exercise programs they hope to implement. The challenge comes when it’s time to execute the changes into your day-to-day life. Here are ten practical ways to keep your New Year’s resolution and meet your diet and weight loss goals.
When you aren't feeling well it can be hard to distinguish what may be going on. You would do just about anything to shake the awful feeling that's dragging you down. But do you have allergies or is it a cold? This is a common question patients have because the symptoms can be similar, so many people confuse them. Knowing the difference between allergies and a cold can result in feeling better faster because you'll know what treatment to pursue.
Thanksgiving is coming up. And if like most of us, you've got the turkey, you're about to either cook or consume on your mind, we have some helpful hints, tips, and ideas to keep your food handling as safe as possible and help you also limit or repurpose those leftovers!
Whether you are a veteran runner or just starting, we all have our preferred time of day that naturally works within our schedules: early am, midday, after work. However, you can fit in a run is usually based on the natural rhythm to your day. But with our nights getting longer, running with no natural light will become a reality soon enough. A hurdle many runners face every year about this time is acclimating into safely and successfully running outside in the dark.
Social workers play an integral part of every hospital system. Here at Memorial Hospital of Converse County, Penny Smith is that key person who helps facilitate meeting patients needs even after they leave our hospital. Her job plays a vital role in keeping patients on the road to recovery and making sure they have all of their needs met at home. Penny’s role in planning patient discharges is one with big rewards but also many challenges.
October is the beginning of many things, cool, crisp air, leaves falling, football, pumpkin spice everything. It is also the start of cold and flu season. We can probably sound like a broken record in the healthcare community, but the best defense remains a good offense! And a good offense includes a yearly influenza vaccine.
Below we have listed five reasons to get a flu vaccine this year. We realize no one likes to get a shot or be stuck with needles. But overall it’s a tiny inconvenience that can mean a lot of good for our whole community!